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Semper Fi: Book One in The Corps Series | [W. E. B. Griffin]

Semper Fi: Book One in The Corps Series

From Shanghai to Wake Island, the Corps was America’s first line of defense as the winds of war exploded into the devastating surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. This is the story of the men of the Marine Corps, their loves and loyalties, an elite fraternity united by courage and honor, as they steel themselves for battle, prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice....
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Publisher's Summary

From Shanghai to Wake Island, the Corps was America’s first line of defense as the winds of war exploded into the devastating surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. This is the story of the men of the Marine Corps, their loves and loyalties, an elite fraternity united by courage and honor, as they steel themselves for battle, prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice....

©1986 W.E.B. Griffin (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Action-packed...Difficult to put down.” (The Marine Gazette)

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    J. B. Thompson Roseville, CA 06-15-12
    J. B. Thompson Roseville, CA 06-15-12 Member Since 2011

    Husband for 40 years, retired CHP sergeant, photographer, father of 2, grandfather of 3. Love audiobooks. My interests are dominated, but not exclusively historical.

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    "Pleasantly Surprised"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was my first experience with this author. I quickly discovered that it was an enjoyable "read" that I could not put down. Anybody with an interest in the pre-WWII situation in China, including the involvement of the USMC (China Marines) should enjoy this fictional work with a basis in fact.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Semper Fi?

    When the 4th Marines were compelled to evacuate China to the "safety" of the Philippines. Most of these Marines would soon be killed or captured in the course of the Japenese invasion of the Republic of the Philippines.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were several events that I consider favorites.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the newly married officer was forced by circumstances to leave his wife, a stateless White Russian, on the dock as he shipped out to the Philippines. Both left to very uncertain fates.


    Any additional comments?

    I am shortly to begin listening to the third book in the series. Unfortunately, Audible does not offer several of the books following #3.

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    john 04-30-12
    john 04-30-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Totally engrossing story....."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Semper Fi to be better than the print version?

    Toss up, both are great


    Any additional comments?

    A few pronounciation mistakes on some of the acronyms, place names, but all in all not a problem - Very enjoyable story that allows you really get to know a fascinating group of characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda United States 04-13-12
    Amanda United States 04-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Another great work by Griffin"

    I've just recently started getting into W.E.B. Griffin's works. In fact I almost didn't start reading them; as WWI and WWII aren't really periods of history that I'd particularly enjoyed reading about in the past, and I was afraid that I was going to be bored to death. OK, so it turns out I was wrong, and I came to the party a bit late. On the plus side, when I'm finished with one Griffin novel, I can move right on to another with out any delay

    The Corps series, just like the Brotherhood of War, Presidential Agent, and Honor Bound Series, does not disappoint. Griffin does a good job of giving the characters their own personalities (Though having read all four of the above series series, I do at times feel as I could swap Pick Pickering and Ken McCoy in the Corps Series for Craig Lowell and Sandy Felter in the Brotherhood Series or for some of the characters in the other series). He's a masterful storyteller, weaving fictional characters into the lives of some of the more famous people of the period.

    Dick Hill does a great job of bringing these characters to life. I've found that pretty much anything that he reads, is going to be well done. I have a feeling the man could read the phone book and some how make it engrossing.

    Each of of these books can be read on it's own, but Griffin rewards those who read the series by developing his characters further and further as the series goes along. By the time you get through seven to ten books in a series, you begin to feel like you have an understanding of what each character's motivations are.

    If you are a fan of great story telling and character development, take a chance and pick up Semper Fi.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Warsaw, IN, United States 03-12-12
    Christopher Warsaw, IN, United States 03-12-12
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    "Great Series"

    This is a great series of books. Historical fiction is not always very good. W.E.B. Griffin is the exception to that. Enjoy!!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James orland park, IL, United States 02-25-12
    James orland park, IL, United States 02-25-12
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    "Still a Great Story"
    Where does Semper Fi rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Many years ago I read the entire Corps series. It is every bit as good in audio. I hope Audible will do the entire Series and bring its wonderful characters to life once again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Killer McCoy


    Any additional comments?

    As I mentioned earlier, I hope Audible brings this entire Series back to life.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    P.J. LANSING, KS, United States 11-23-12
    P.J. LANSING, KS, United States 11-23-12 Member Since 2001

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    "Disappointing Griffin Novel"

    This is a disappointment. I bought it for my husband who really enjoys military novels and he said he couldn't get interested in it. So I gave it a try and totally understood. What's wrong? It's simply boring. No story worth hearing or at least they hadn't gotten to it in the first two hours before I gave up.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 04-06-14
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 04-06-14 Member Since 2010

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "I SPEAK CHINESE"

    TAKE WHAT YOU CAN WHENEVER YOU CAN GET IT, I ALWAYS SAY.
    I am not into military type books, but I always say a good writer can make any subject a good listen. I had never listened to Griffin before, but this had such high ratings. The ratings are well deserved. It is a story that flows smoothly, with a main character you can not help, but love. The story starts in 1941, before Pearl Harbor and tells the story of what the Marines were like back then and the people that were in the Marines. I enjoyed the history on China and Japan. The whole book was entertaining with almost no flat spots.

    YOU HAVE A RABBI
    There are some elements to the story that I usually don't like in believable fiction, but for some reason did not bother me so much this time. It is bad enough that it could ruin the story for some others. I mention these things for those, whom it might bother too much. First of all we have this common everyday Joe, coming from a dysfunctional family who speaks, Chinese, Japanese and Italian. We are not told what dialect of Chinese he speaks. I always heard there were two main dialects of Chinese along with several minor ones and that often the Chinese people don't understand each other. The main character in this book never has a problem being understood by any and all Chinese. He speaks Italian so well, that he is mistaken for Italian. Every time in the book, that it seems like he is in trouble, he comes out smelling like a rose. Every time. Griffin plays up all of these episodes, trying to convince you that he is for it now and then surprise you with how well he comes out of the situation. The first couple of times you might fall for it, but by the tenth time it gets a little ridiculous. The book is also very predictable. These weaknesses usually will ruin a book for me, but in this book I was able to look past it. You might get fed up with it. This was a strong five star book for me and I am looking forward to continuing the series.

    Dick Hill is one of my favorite narrators and he did not disappoint in this. He only does a few voices and all his girls sound the same, but his style and knowledge of what he is saying always makes a book sound better then it would read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Malcolm PORT LINCOLN, Australia 08-20-12
    Malcolm PORT LINCOLN, Australia 08-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Nobody writes about the military better than Griff"
    What did you love best about Semper Fi?

    I have read all his books and look forward to new ones


    What other book might you compare Semper Fi to and why?

    Cannot think of one specifically


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    Todd Madison, WI, USA 08-12-12
    Todd Madison, WI, USA 08-12-12 Member Since 2001
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    "Entertaining."
    Would you try another book from W. E. B. Griffin and/or Dick Hill?

    Yes. It was well written and entertaining.


    Would you be willing to try another book from W. E. B. Griffin? Why or why not?

    Yes. It was well written and entertaining.


    What three words best describe Dick Hill’s performance?

    Straightforward. Not overacted.


    Was Semper Fi worth the listening time?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't expect it to be set so far in the past. Still it was well done and entertaining. Obviously meant to be a series so it kind of leaves things hanging.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Peggy Coleman Eagle River, AK, US 03-28-12
    Peggy Coleman Eagle River, AK, US 03-28-12
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    "Semper Fi"

    Bought this for My Husband and other then stopping to soon he is ready for the next book

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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